ESSENTIAL SAFETY INFORMATION, GUIDANCE & INSTRUCTIONS
Chain of Freedom Scotland – A unique opportunity for you to be written in the Scottish History Books.
On Saturday, 14th October we will galvanise ALL Independence supporters along the Forth & Clyde Canal to display our unwavering determination for our country regaining Independence.
A Human Chain linked in passion, hope and gweed auld Scottish thrawn.
To ensure you and yours have a safe, historic, healthy and enjoyable day below are some guidelines Scottish Canals have advised COFS participants should consider and implement.
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING ADVICE / INSTRUCTIONS AND GUIDANCE VERY CAREFULLY.
- * Organise your travel. Know your registered “link” and how to get there.
- * Use public transport to the best of your ability
- * Arrange drop off and pick up – to levitate parking and clear access for emergency vehicles
- *Wear appropriate weathered clothing and footwear
- * Be aware of your surroundings.
- * Walk in a single file – beware of public users – walk furthest/far side from waters edge
- * Stewards will be there to guide you
- * Children must be supervised at all times
- * Access to embankments SC prohibited
- * Canal side furniture – only use what they are installed for SC advisory
- * Lock gates situated all the canal – only use what they are installed for – no climbing SC advisory.
- * Pontoons are not to be accessed or used – SC advisory
- * Canals are not suitable for swimming – DO NOT ENTER THE CANAL WATERS – cold infested waters, undercurrents, unseen hazards – SEE Water Safety section for further vital information
- * Participants must not prevent or interfere with members of public using the tow path – SC advisory
- * Participants advised not to engage with any conflict or respond to protestors
- * Cyclists and runners are routine canal users – SC advise as above
- * All suspected/perceived or occurrence to be immediately reported to police.
- * Stewards are there to assist with guidelines – SC advisory.
- * Be mindful at all times of width of path, terrain, slips, trips and falls
- * First Aiders will be placed throughout the course of the canal
- We have 4 First Aid / Lost Child Rendezvous points situated over the length of the Chain.
- They will be at
- 1A access Bowling Harbour G60 5AF
- 3A access Lochburn Rd G20 9AE
- 5A access B8023 G65 9SG
- 6F access Ochiltree Terrace FK1 4LS.
- * Environmental awareness – trees/shrub roots along the tow path – be vigilant.
- * Do not interfere or damage any trees or vegetation along the tow path SC advisory
- * Be mindful of less abled participant’s, terrain and accessibility
- * Invasive Plant Species – Japanese knotweed/GiantHogweed have been historically reported along the canal network – do not touch can cause burns and blistering. SC advisory
- * Plant growth from neighbouring properties can encroach on the canal towpath – tread carefully. SC advisory.
- * Potential risk of injury – discarded waste material / glass. NO WASTE LEFT BEHIND
- THIS CAN CAUSE DAMAGE TO ENVIRONMENT & OTHER CANAL USERS
- CLEAN AS YOU GO POLICY.
- * Any damage or incidents to habitat to be reported to SC.
- * ELECTRICAL SAFETY All large banners, flags etc must not be raised above head height the within 30 meters of an overhead power or other utility cables. Metal and carbon fibre poles can conduct electricity. SC Advisory.
- * VEHICLE MOVEMENTS – SC & COFS heavily advise all participants make reasonable arrangements in travelling to and from each Section & Link for the event.
- There is a detailed interactive map within the website and published on the FB Page. Go to http://www.chainoffreedom.scot/
- There is also a list of organised buses who have been advised a “drop off/pick up” policy.
- Car share or share your findings. We are a giving, caring sharing bunch!
- Organise your travel with others in mind.
- Use public transport where feasible.
- Links and information will be made available – at http://www.chainoffreedom.scot however, take ownership.
- * MUST HAVE CLEAR ACCESS – not just for us as participants but for other canal users.
- * WELFARE PROVISIONS – Go before you come! Toilets and comfort facilities can be located near to your Section / Link. Source them out and “go before you come”. Public toilets can be found in most areas. Don’t get caught short. We will only be gathered for up to 2.5 hours. We are all sure you can manage your own personal needs.
- * PROVISION OF DRINKING WATER – Keep hydrated. We don’t know what the weather is going to be (hey it’s Scotland) so please come prepared with drinking water. Do not throw your empty bottles or cartons away – take with you.
- * ALCOHOL IS PROHIBITED ON THE CANAL AND DURING THE COFS EVENT. This will become a police matter.
- * EMERGENCY EVACUATION
- Your safety is paramount. We must ensure that, in the case of an emergency evacuation, that participant’s are mindful of each other, the environment and the impact on someone’s life if an accident or incident were to occur.
- Access must be left clear of vehicle and personal. Stewards will be equipped with contact details and escalation of any incident.
- NEW – we have been prohibited to fly drones within the vicinity of the canal. Please check the USE OF DRONES ON SCOTTISH CANALS
- NEW LOST CHILD click here to view our form and procedures.
We must all take å decorum of responsibility for ourselves and others in the prevention of further injury.
MOSTLY – ENJOY YOUR DAY – YOU WILL BE WRITTEN IN THE HISTORY BOOKS
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT
LET’S DO THIS